The sleeping giant of European wine, Spain is the 7th largest producer of wine sold in the UK, with diverse wine regions scattered around the country and a larger amount of hectares under cultivation than anywhere else in the world, giving it huge potential. The trend to move from over-oaked tannic red wines in favour of modern, fruitier New World-influenced styles has increased their popularity.
Bodegas O Fournier in Ribera del Duero is planted with 60ha of Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) of which much is between 22 and 52 years old. The region’s soil is of a similar structure to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with stones giving reflected heat to enable longer ripening. This combined with an altitude of over 700m creates huge potential for quality wine production.